General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Attraction errors in Subject-Verb agreement. A Study on Italian SLI and TD children.

Speaker: Vincenzo Moscati, Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Luigi Rizzi, Université de Genève / Università degli Studi di Siena
Speaker: Maria Teresa Guasti, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Authors: Vincenzo Moscati, Maria Tresa Guasti, Renata Salvadorini, Anna Chilosi, Luigi Rizzi

SV agreement errors are among the possible clinical markers for G-SLIs in Italian (a.o.Leonard et al.1992, Bortolini et al.2006). However, whether this deficit is phonological or morphosyntactic in nature is a matter of debate. We aim at shedding light on this issue by testing sensitivity to attraction error configurations by TD and SLI children. We manipulate two factors: the Type-of-attractor(Clitic or PP) and the Number-of-attractor (Singular or Plural) in a Forced Choice of Grammatical Form Task (Moscati& Rizzi2014) and test two groups of children: TD and G-SLI. Our results show that G-SLI are severely impaired when the intervener is a clitic, especially when it is plural (and the verb is singular). Since problems were observed both with singular and plural verbs, the deficit of G-SLI children cannot be attributed to phonology (plural, but not singular verbs have a marked phonology in Italian). These facts are best interpreted by assuming that children with G-SLI have trouble with the spec-head relation underlying the expression of agreement and specifically with the checking of morphosyntactic features

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15:00 - 16:30 / Workshop 3 - “Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement”


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Verb agreement in the interpretation of Relative clauses in early Spanish

Speaker: Vicenç Torrens, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

Oral presentation

Subject-verb agreement in German-speaking children and adolescents with Down syndrome

Speaker: Martina Penke, University of Cologne
Speaker: Eva Wimmer, Universität zu Köln